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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Clark ‘First Week of Winter’ LP Premiere

Watch Clark are releasing their second full-length album ‘First Week of Winter’, and we have the premiere airing of the entire LP below.

Featuring 10 tracks, redolent of early Human League , John Foxx and OMD yet balancing an appreciation for early 00 electroclash and industrial rhythms, Watch Clark crafts a modular synth tapestry that is both familiar yet mysterious and sinister. His introspective lyrics are isolated in the midst of an encrouging authoritarian society in the backdrop of a dystopic landscape. Watch Clark is Paul Furio and Megan Shear. This album was written from 2015 to 2017 in Seattle’s Studio Corvus.

Formerly of Static Engine and Invisible Records artist SMP, Furio honed his music writing craft for two decades before releasing his first album ‘Perfect Imitation’ under the moniker Watch Clark.

Late nights in the studio in front of digital keyboards, analog synthesizers, retro beatboxes, and twiddling software settings years later led to the second release ‘First Week of Winter’.

This is an incredibly personal album,” says Paul Furio. “The last two years were filled with turmoil, politically and personally, and only through music could I really express my feelings. These are songs about love and loss, seduction and betrayal, self-loathing and transformation.”

Furio learned to play guitar, in particular, for three new songs and enlisted friend and fellow Seattle-based musician Kasson Crooker (Freezepop, Symbion Project) for mixing and additional programming.

The album, and in fact the band name and titles, pay homage to my favorite horror movie, John Carpenter’s The Thing,” admits Furio. “There are obvious allusions to dialog and taglines, and the first and last songs bookend the events in the film. It’s very much about paranoia, questioning who and what you are, but there’s a hopefulness that comes through the despair.”

‘First Week of Winter’ is now available via their Bandcamp at https://watchclark.bandcamp.com/album/first-week-of-winter. They have already begun working on their next album, slated for release in late 2018.

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